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The 20th International Literature and Psychology Conference

- 2003 -

University of Greenwich, London, England
July 2 - July 7, 2003
Travel | Registration & Papers | Tourism | Accommodations

Photos of the Conference | Program | Participants | Abstracts of papers | Proceedings
Solange Leibovici's History of the Conference

    Our 2003 conference, with many thanks to Wendy Creed, John Williams, and Kath Sinnott, will take place at the University of Greenwich in southeast London. Greenwich has been designated a World Historical Site by UNESCO, and it promises to be a terrific location for our conference. University of Greenwich To say nothing of the intellectual stimulation of the 20th (!) Annual Conference in Literature and Psychology. Last year’s participants came from Australia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, and, of course, many from all over the U.S.A. Such a group always presents an astonishing range of ideas.

    This year's conference will be honored: Mark Solms, the leader in the growing neuro-psychoanalysis movement, has agreed to be our keynote speaker.

Registration & Papers

    Papers should be short, 20 minutes maximum (and please observe the time limit, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Papers may be in English, French, or German, and they may deal with any application of psychology to the study of literature, film, or the other arts. Prepare your abstract and email it to Ms. Sonja Moreno, our program assistant.

    The deadline for sending us your title and abstract is March 1 or the time at which we receive 65 abstracts and titles, whichever comes first. These papers are assured a place on the program. Abstracts submitted after then will be put on a waiting list and will be put on the program as cancellations permit.

    This year we begin something new. Since the time for spoken papers is short, we will make it possible for registrants to offer a longer written version online. If you will send us your paper, by May 15, in one of the usual formats (plain text, WordPerfect, MSWord, HTML, or Adobe pdf), we will put it up at the conference web site and provide a link to it from the online abstracts. If you can put it up at your own web site (we would prefer that), we will provide a link to your site.

    For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. registration form (see below) including paper title
  2. title and brief abstract of paper (150 words maximum; excess will be omitted). These abstracts enable us to place your paper in an appropriate session. We will also publish them online and on paper.
  3. A registration fee of $150 U.S. (our first increase in the conference fee for many years). You will find instructions for payment after the registration form below. This fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not thereafter for any reason.


     Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Maritime Greenwich, long associated with British naval power, offers a wealth of architectural and artistic treasures for the conference:

the University of Greenwich buildings, originally the Royal Hospital for Seamen, then the Old Royal Naval College, buildings by Sir Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Thomas Ripley, Sir John Vanbrugh (the playwright), and others,

the exuberantly baroque Painted Hall, by Sir James Thornhill, where Nelson's body lay in state. A highlight of the conference will be a paper by one of our hosts, John Williams, "reading" the Painted Hall,

the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul by Wren and Ripley, including the American, Benjamin West's Preservation of St. Paul,

the small but perfect Queen's House, purely classical, Inigo Jones' most influential building,

the Royal Observatory or Flamsteed House, by Wren,

"H4," John Harrison's "sea-clock" that solved the problem of longitude,

the longitude line itself, marking the zero in Greenwich Mean Time, where (at midnight) you can stand in two days at once,

Cutty Sark, the fastest clipper ship of the late nineteenth century (nearby is the Trafalgar Tavern, which Dickens made the site of the wedding breakfast in Our Mutual Friend),

Gipsy Moth IV in which Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly, the Millennium dome, and on and on.

     How much of all this we will be able to do, who knows? Our conference rooms and lodging will be at another site of the University, Avery Hill, but we plan to visit these attractions and perhaps others in London (via a boat ride up the Thames)--whatever we can fit in.  


    The conference will take place at the University of Greenwich campus at Avery Hill. Housing is a bit unusual: the University provides suites of four or six single rooms. Each single room has its own refrigerator and its own bathroom (including shower). Couples will have to stay in adjoining single rooms (this is England, after all!). There will be separate suites for groups of two or three couples and for singles. We will ask on the registration form for you to indicate if there is another couple or single person you would like to be in a suite with. Since these buildings are only three to four storeys high, there are no lifts. Hence, we will also ask if anyone (for health reasons only!) needs to be on the ground floor. Lodging will cost £26.95 per person per night (about $41.50 US or 42.85 euros).

    We will provide English breakfasts (part of your lodging) and four lunches--optional--at £7 per lunch (about $10.78 US or 11.13 euros). You should sign up, if you wish, for the lunches as part of your registration. You will be asked, on your arrival at the Avery Hill campus, to pay for your room and the lunches you have signed up for with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard, but not American Express).

    There are hotels. They are, however, not as nearby as we would like, and you would probably require a taxi to get to the meetings. We recommend the Ibis and the Clarendon. If you plan to stay in a hotel, you should register with the hotel early, because Greenwich during the summer is a major tourist attraction. Other hotels can be located from the Greenwich web site. Those who choose hotels can pay separately to have lunches with the group.  

Travel / Transportation

    We assume that all of us can find our way to London. One can proceed from central London to Greenwich (about five miles, eight kilometers) by suburban railway, tube, bus, or boat. You can obtain information about traveling to Greenwich from the various London airports from the same Web site.



Registration Form 2003

    Important: Registrations are now closed. If, however, we need to get information from you about your stay at the conference, you can use this form to send it. Include your email address below. It will not come through to us automatically from this form, and, if we don't have it, our communications with you will be very much delayed.

Last Name:
First Name and Initial:
Email address (important):
Affiliation (e.g., Department and University):
Preferred Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip:
Telephone during business hours (include all codes):
Telephone during non-business hours (include all codes):
Fax Phone (include all codes):

For how many people do you need housing? One Two Three
Names of persons coming with you to the conference:
Conference dates are July 2 to July 7; we assume most conferees will arrive July 2 and leave the morning of July 7.
When are you arriving at the conference? Date: Time:
When are you leaving the conference? Date: Time:

Do you plan to stay at the Avery Hill campus or make other arrangements?

Avery Hill Other arrangements

Please enter here the last names of persons whom you know are attending the conference and with whom you would be willing to share a suite.

Do you for health reasons (only!) require a ground floor room?

Ground floor Other floor

How many lunches do you and your companion(s) (if any) wish to sign up for (4 maximum) ? One Two Three Four
Do you have any special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian)?

What is your exact paper title?

Please enter your abstract here. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words. Excess will be omitted. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received the abstract.

What language will you deliver your paper in?

What special equipment do you need (VCR, tape recorder, slide projector, etc.)? Remember that the UK's video format is different from the US's.


    The registration fee is $150 U.S. The registration fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not thereafter.

    U.S. registrants should send a check to our office, made out to "GAP-INTERNATIONAL." Our address is:

Mrs. Sonja Moreno
Department of English
University of Florida
P. O. Box 117310
Gainesville FL 32611-7310

    Because our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreign checks, Western European and other non-U.S. registrants can send their registration with a Eurocheque for $150 U.S. or the equivalent in euros, to:

Professeur Robert Silhol
U.E.R. Institut d'Anglais Charles V
10, rue Charles V
email: rsilhol@club-internet.fr

The check should be made out to Robert Silhol.

    Alternatively, either U.S. or non-U.S. registrants can pay through Norm Holland's account at PayPal.com. That way you can simply charge your registration to your credit card over the Internet and save the bother of mailing a check. Registrants within the U.S. may sign up for a PayPal account during the Web Accept payment process. An "account" simply means telling PayPal your name, address, and your credit card number.

    Registrants outside the U.S. will need to take a few extra steps. You will need to sign up for PayPal separately before making payment to the conference. Here are the directions for doing so.

    Signing up for a PayPal account does not commit you to anything--it just enables you to use your credit card to make payments on the Internet to this conference (and anything else that catches your fancy). The Wall Street Journal assures us that this method of payment is more secure than check or money order.

    To begin the payment process, click on the icon to the right.

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